Graduate Diploma in International Commercial Law

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the legal frameworks governing international commerce and commercial transactions.The core components will ensure an in-depth immersion in the key disciplines, with students then being able to select choose specialised study. The course is composed of a combination of semester-based units and intensive teaching period units, and will be taught by leading academics in their field as well as visiting guest speakers working in the respective areas of law.

Course structure

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; N/A = not available in 2022; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Take all units (12 points):

Note: Students with a recognised Law degree may elect to substitute LAWS5227 Foundations of Law and Governance with any unit from Group A.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSLAWS4227Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Students with a recognised Law degree or LAWS5227 Foundations of Law and Governance.
This unit is delivered intensively in 'flipped mode' and is offered twice a year. 10 online modules are to be completed in advance (opening two weeks before) of two face-to-face sessions which will run 24-25 February and 21-22 July. Students must attend the face-to-face sessions.
 LAWS5250Foundations of International Commercial Law

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1LAWS5167Comparative Legal Method
Prerequisites:
For Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property Law, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law and LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics. For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
LAWS3331 Comparative Law
3 hours per week
NSLAWS5251International Sales Law
Prerequisites:
for students from a non-law background: LAWS5250 Foundations of International Commercial Law
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 3 - 17 May.
 LAWS5252International Trade Financing
 LAWS5253International Shipping Law
N/ALAWS5254International Trade Law
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
LAWS5511 International Trade Law, LAWS6719 International Trade Law, LAWS6254 WTO Law, LAWS3319 International Trade Law
3 hours per week
N/ALAWS5305Mediation: Practice and Skills
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
NSLAWS5507International Oil and Gas Law
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 20-22 April. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
NSLAWS5521Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy and Graduate Certificate of Public Policy, the unit LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions is recommended as a pre-requisite for students who do not have a legal background.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 13-15 July. Refer to the timetable website for further information.

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 6.5.

(3) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL iBT require an overall score of at least 100, a miminum score of 28 in the Speaking section, and no other sub-score less than 26.

(4) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL Paper Based score require an overall score of at least 580 and a miminum score of 5.0 in the Essay Rating / Test of Written English (TWE).

(5) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 70 and no sub-score less than 70.

(6) Applicants presenting with the UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course require a minimum grade of Grade A (85%) in the final CELT examination, with no band less than 80%.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

or

(b) (i) a bachelor's degree in a cognate area, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent;

or

(c) (i) a bachelor's degree, or am equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent; and

(iii) at least two years of relevant professional experience;

or

(d) (i) a level and duration of education considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course; and

(ii) at least two years of relevant professional experience.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 21310 Graduate Diploma in International Commercial Law (24 points)
  • 21510 Master of International Commercial Law (48 points)
Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module) when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Deferrals

13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).